Voice recording – prepare properly for success

Have you ever wondered how the pros get such good voice recordings? Where do they come up with the lush sounds? What are their techniques? Better still, how can you use them to get outstanding results yourself?

There are a few things that are necessary for your voice recording to sound its best. Think of it as making a cake. You mix the eggs, flour and sugar (plus all the other stuff) together and bake it. The cake is the finished product — a combination of the ingredients.

Suppose you skimp on the quality of your baking ingredients. Or, you just skip one all together. What would happen? The cake would flop! If you don't follow the recipe, you can't expect a prize-winning cake.

In the same respect, you need the correct amount of emphasis on each part of the recording process to make a masterpiece vocal recording.

Don't skip any steps either. What would happen if you forgot to add flour to the cake? Instead of rising nicely, you would get a flat, hard chunk of dough – not really appetizing!

If you were making the cake, you would go to the recipe book and look for the one for a cake. But, there is no "recipe book" for vocals. How do you know what to do?

While there are no "recipe books" on this subject, I will help you come up with a strategy plan to achieve results that you are proud of.

To start, what are the necessary ingredients for a good voice recording? I would recommend these:

  • a good singer
  • a good microphone
  • a good preamp
  • good mixing techniques

In some ways, this is like the recording process outlined in another article. This one is geared more on the step of recording, but it would be good to check out this article on the recording process.

You can probably skimp on any one of these items and still make a vocal recording. However, by lowering the quality of the components, you sacrifice the quality of the finished vocal sound.

Are you all ready to start? Great! I am too. But before we begin, I need to let you know something.

All the suggestions and instructions are provided as suggestions. I can't guarantee that you will get stellar results the first time you record voice using these instructions.

Remember that recording, especially voice, is an art. There isn't a formula to get a good sound. However, there are techniques and tips that can help you get off to a good start.

Let's look at these suggestions for good voice recordings...

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